XCEL TEAM 2017-18 SEASON

Gymnastics World is developing two short camps and one assessment to qualify our recreational artistic gymnasts to join or 2017-18 XCEL Team.

Because XCEL is a competitive team, our coaches are building the new group starting in April. The new integrants of XCEL Team will initiate practice by April and work towards development and mastering of their skills for 4 months before the new season begins. This will give a comfortable feeling to all: Parents, children and coaches; resulting in a more successful and pleasant experience.

All gymnasts attending Girls Artistic Level 1, 2 and 3 classes are encouraged to attend the following events in preparation to our 2017-18 XCEL Team:

Camp 1: March 4 & 5 (Sat: 3:30pm-6:30pm / Sun:11am-2pm) - Cost: $35

Camp 2: April 1 (Sat: 3:30pm-6:30pm) - Cost:$25

Test: April 2 (Sun: 11am-2pm) - Cost: Free

WHAT IS XCEL PROGRAM

The Xcel Program was created as a national program in 2013, it has more levels and spans a much greater level of ability than most states’ Prep Optional program. You can start competing at a less demanding skill level in the Xcel program, than you could previously.

At Gymnastics World we intend  to use the Xcel Program to motivate, engage and keep the confidence and self esteem of our young athletes high. If you think about most other sports, like for example soccer, as soon as kids join the sport they almost immediately start competing in games and tournaments. With gymnastics it wasn’t this way. Kids would join gymnastics and have to take classes for several years before they were invited to join a team program. The Xcel program allows gymnasts to start competing almost right away, by decreasing the intensity of the skill requirements for the entry levels. However, the Xcel program doesn’t just have basic entry levels. It also has more advanced levels that allow gymnasts to keep competing in the Xcel program as they learn more skills, but without the same pressure and commitment as competing in the JO program. The Xcel program is ideal for not only entry-level gymnasts, but also older gymnasts that are looking for a fun way to stay in shape and be strongly involved in the sport.  And since high school gymnastics programs sometimes use similar rules as Xcel it can be a way to prepare gymnasts to try out for a high school gymnastics team and enrich their resumes for college applications.

ADVANTAGES

  • Gymnasts get to have fun competing sooner.  Gymnasts get to have fun competing with the Xcel program as soon as they join an Xcel team. They don’t have to wait to be invited to a JO team.
  • Gymnasts compete individual, personalized routines.  Most athletes would rather compete routines that are customized to their age,  strengths, taste, and personality.  Is it more fun to do a floor routine to stuffy, instrumental music like in the compulsory program, or cute, fun music the gymnast has picked out? For example, an older gymnast could use a current hit song (without lyrics of course) as her floor music.
  • The Xcel Program can be less of a time and financial commitment. The compulsory program can be unforgiving, with it’s routines that require gymnasts to learn an exact set of skills regardless of their strengths. Gymnasts can spend less time in the gym but still be able to learn skills that allow them to compete.
  • Gymnasts are not required to compete all four events. With the Xcel program gymnasts are not required to compete all of the events. Gymnasts can specialize in one or two events and choose to not compete the others.
  • Entry fees are capped at Xcel meets to make it more affordable. 

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*All Team Practices will be held at regular time throughout the year, unless specified in the Team calendar.